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Union says Chrysler decision shows need for auto strategy

Dias is concerned Ontario has lost an opportunity to secure its manufacturing sector in the long-term.


TORONTO – The decision by Chrysler to withdraw its request for financial assistance from the federal and provincial governments as part of its proposals to invest in its assembly plants in Brampton and Windsor is regrettable, Unifor National President Jerry Dias says.

“The bottom line is that the people of Ontario and our leaders need to understand the importance of developing a long-term strategy, including public investment, if we want to have a strong, competitive advanced manufacturing sector,” he said.

Dias said Unifor looks forward to meeting with the company about the future of its plants in Windsor and Brampton.

“We’re pleased that Chrysler has said it will invest in Windsor, and look forward to working with the company and the government to ensure the continued success of our auto manufacturing in that community,” Dias said, adding that the union is deeply concerned that Ontario has lost an opportunity in the long-term to secure its manufacturing sector into the future.

“The need for provincial leadership and vision has never been clearer if we are going to build and maintain a strong economy in this province.”